The Country Column: March 17


Photo courtesy of Country Music Association

Story by Tayhlor Stephenson

In case you missed anything in the country music world this week, your weekly country music news recap is right here:

Country music folks, it’s that time of year again! The annual CMA Music Festival is right around the corner, and announcements are gradually being made about which artists will be taking the various stages of the four-day long festival.

CMA Fest 2017 will host four major stages: Nissan Stadium, Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, Chevrolet Park Stage and Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe. As always, each stage is set to host an abundance of performers. Nissan Stadium is where country’s hottest names will be found, and tickets must be purchased for admission. If you’re trying to save a penny, check out the three smaller stages. Admission to these stages is free and open to the general public with the promise of quality music.

Read below to find your favorite musicians and their assigned stage.

Nissan Stadium

Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, John Anderson, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence.

Chevrolet Riverfront Stage

A Thousand Horses, Aaron Watson, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Brandy Clark, Brett Young, Brothers Osborne, Cam, Canaan Smith, Chase Bryant, Chase Rice, Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Corey Smith, Drake White & The Big Fire, Easton Corbin, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Granger Smith, High Valley, Home Free, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Kane Brown, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Locash, Luke Combs, Maddie & Tae, Michael Ray, Neal McCoy, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Raelynn, Russell Dickerson, Scotty McCreery, Tyler Farr, William Michael Morgan.

Chevrolet Park Stage

Adam Craig, Adam Sanders, Bailey Bryan, Big Smo, Brooke Eden, Cale Dodds, Carly Pearce, Casey Donahew, Clare Dunn, Drew Baldridge, Jackie Lee, Jacob Davis, Jamie Lynn Spears, Jon Langston, Kristian Bush, Kyle Park, Lanco, Lindsay Ell, Love and Theft, Luke Pell, Maggie Rose, Michael Tyler, Mo Pitney, Morgan Evans, Morgan Wallen, Muscadine Bloodline, Runaway June, Ruthie Collins, Ryan Beaver, Ryan Follese, Ryan Griffin, Steve Moakler, Sundance Head, The Railers, The Swon Brothers, Travis Collins, Trent Harmon, Walker Hayes, Walker McGuire, Waterloo Revival.

Gildan Broadway Stage

Abby Anderson, Alex Williams, Alyssa Micaela, Ashley Campbell, Ben Gallaher, Brandon Lay, Brandon Ray, Carter Winter, Chris Brandi, Colin Elmore & The Danville Train, Craig Wayne Boyd, Davisson Brothers Band, Dylan Schneider, Fairground Saints, Filmore, Hailey Whitters, Haley Georgia, Jillian Jacqueline, Jo Smith, Jordan Rager, Kalie Shorr, Levon, Lillie Mae, Meghan Patrick, Natalie Stovall, Olivia Lane, Restless Road, Risa Binder, Ryan Kinder, Scooter Brown Band, Sean McConnell, Smithfield, Tara Thompson, Tyler Rich, Walker Country.

You can find the dates and times that each artist is set to play at

Check back next Friday for more country music news!

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